The Cost of a Breach

What Happens When a Company Experiences a Data Breach?

If you are a business owner, you do not want to find out firsthand what happens when you experience a data breach. When your company is the victim of a data breach, it can be both frustrating and terrifying. A data breach puts financial records and personal information in jeopardy which can lead to identity theft and even leave you drowning in fraudulent charges. For obvious reasons, a data breach can be very bad news to any company that experiences one. It can lead to a loss of customers and can be a huge financial hit to your organization. A data breach is something you want to avoid at all costs. But in order to avoid them, it helps to know what causes them. Why Does a Data Breach Occur? One of the most significant reasons why data breaches are so common these days is because cyber thieves are presented with…

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2FA Login

How to Secure Your Business with Two Factor Authentication

In this age of online accounting and cloud storage, it is more important than ever to make sure your business is secure against the threats of cyber crime. Two factor authentication is an integral piece in this equation. It can be a powerful tool for protecting your business’s online presence and data. Maybe you haven’t heard of this means of protecting your business or you are unsure of how it works. With this in mind, let’s take a look at how to secure your business with two factor authentication. What is Two Factor Authentication? Let’s start at the beginning by defining our terms. Two factor authentication is essentially taking an additional measure beyond the usual password in order to secure your account. In other words, your password is one factor and, let’s say, a single-use code via text message is another factor. This allows for an added level of security…

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Payment Tokenization Process

What is Payment Tokenization and How Does It Secure Cardholder Data?

To us, it’s clear why everyone needs to know what payment tokenization is, but you might need some convincing. So, we put together four reasons for your consideration. Read on for a few answers to questions you may have on this topic. Can you give a few examples of tokens in use today? Absolutely. You come across them more often than you might imagine because tokens are becoming quite popular in the e-commerce arena. Whenever a website “keeps your card on file” for recurring payments or subscription billing, the site uses tokens. Another example is the “one-click” express checkout (think Amazon) process for customers. Another common use in recent years has been in near-field communication (NFC) mobile wallets, like Apple Pay and Android Pay. These mobile wallets transfer your payment information from your smartphone to a nearby vendor’s terminal. The process uses radio waves that allow smartphones and other devices…

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PCI Compliance

Does PCI Compliance apply to my business?

Many merchants are confused about what the Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance is. Some also find themselves confused on whether PCI compliance applies to them. The simplest of answers is, yes, it applies to your business. To understand why the confusion exists, let’s talk about what the PCI standard is and why it is required for all businesses that accept credit cards. The PCI Security Standards Council was formed in 2006 by AMEX, JCB International, Visa Inc., MasterCard and Discover. The Council established PCI Data Security Standards (DSS) which is a set of guidelines regarding cardholder data security. The official site for PCI Compliance, contains a great source of information for merchants. Any merchant or financial institution that handles cardholder data is subject to the PCI DSS Standards. Merchants mistakenly assume that if their credit card processor or merchant services provider doesn’t require them to be PCI compliant, that they…

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The Cost of a Breach

The Cost of a Breach

As our businesses grow we are increasingly relying on collecting customer data and storing it for future use. Even if you aren’t planning on it, more data is collected today at the register than ever before. Storing more data can cause more problems such as making us look tastier to hackers across the globe. Data breaches are more commonplace and harder to spot than we think. According to IBM’s 2015 Global Study, the total increase in data breaches across the companies participating in a survey has risen to around 23% and that’s just the companies that chose to participate! Our data is extremely important to us and we unwillingly give it away on a day to day basis. Growing companies sometimes get away from the fact that software will sometimes require complete refactoring when technology gets old. The cost of updating and redesigning software can be expensive but with the cost…

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